Discover the Stillness Within - Pet Article 2

Articles about Animals and Pets – Discover the Stillness Within

Communicating with animals always leaves me with a sense of awe and gratitude for how much they love us and want to help us on our journeys through–out life.

One of my first experiences communicating with an animal was with a nine month old puppy from the S.P.C.A. As a volunteer dog walker I had the privilege of interacting with many wonderful dogs and on that particular day Scooter chose me to take him for a walk. I could hear him saying “Pick me, pick me!” It was my idea to head down towards the beach even though from the start I had a sense something wasn't quite right.

The closer we got to the beach the more and more anxious and agitated Scooter became until he simply refused to go one more step. No amount of coaxing, pulling, sweet talking or even treats would make him budge. I finally realized he had been trying to tell me something all along. I knelt down beside him and asked, “Scooter what's wrong?” I heard the words “Move, Now” while simultaneously Scooter yanked on the leash pulling me backwards. Suddenly a huge branch from an oak tree came crashing down inches away from us. Scooter had literally saved us and I will never forget him and the valuable lesson he taught me about listening to my intuition and listening to what animals have to tell to us.

Find the Point of Stillness

How do you talk to the animals, people often ask me. The first step in any communication is learning how to be still within or finding your “point of stillness” which simply means turning off your internal chatter box. It is only through being still within ourselves that we can then hear or feel what another is trying to tell us.

Discovering your point of stillness can take time and practice and if approached from a place of curiosity, open mindedness and fun then your experience will be greatly enhanced. Here are a few pointers to guide you through the process.

Find a quiet space to sit in and relax, away from all distractions. Close your eyes and take a few deep slow breaths. Whenever a thought or feeling arises just notice it and go back to feeling your breath moving in and out. Each time you do this you may notice feeling more and more relaxed, at peace and the chatter will start to lessen. Just allow your body and mind to feel what it's like to do nothing. No judging, no labelling, just accepting and being with what is. Being, rather than doing is the key to finding your point of stillness.

Practice doing this each day for five minutes or for as long as you can. Once you are able to find your stillness you are then ready to practice opening your heart to yourself and your companions. This is where true communication takes place, from our hearts and this where animals hear us from. Be still and listen!

Written by Stephanie: Articles on Animal Communication